Working in the ER, we see examples everyday how strong dogs can do lots of damage.
"A 5-year-old boy was mauled by a Great Dane in a friend's home Sunday in Whitehall Township, police said.
The boy lost a lot of blood and was taken to Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest, police Lt. Ribello Bertoni said. It's unclear if he suffered permanent damage, Bertoni added." Original article here
Time after time, we see cases of smaller dogs and cats being severely injured by dogs that have the ability to a lot of damage in a very short period of time due to the strength of their bite.
Safety comes first
Those of us that work in the veterinary ER all have dogs and many of us have children. I would never suggest that kids should be deprived of the joy of having a pet. It is a wonderful experience and there are many positive benefits to children receiving the unconditional love that they often receive from pets.
Every weekend, we see anywhere from 2-8 dogs come in that have been in dog fights and often they are big dog-little dog situations. Most of the time, they occur at the dog park or someone is out for a walk and another dog breaks free from the house, fenced in area or is running loose off leash.
Avoid confrontations with your dog or children
"A Lewiston woman had to be treated for injuries sustained in an attack by a Pit Bull attack which killed her dog.
"The woman that owned it came running down the street about that time and just scooped it up and wrapped it in a shirt," said witness Danny Blewett. "The blood was just all over her and all over the dog and down on the ground."" Original article here
When walking your dog, try to stay in areas that you know and where it is unlikely that stray dogs will be present.
If you are walking a smaller dog and see another dog approaching that is off leash, immediately pick up your dog and walk the other direction to avoid confrontation. We have had numerous cases where the attacking dog pulls the smaller dog right out of the owner's arms.
Teach your children to be cautious with every dog. There is no dog that can be trusted 100%. If pushed the wrong way or injured, it is a natural response to bite.
Be cautious of dog parks. This is probably where we see the most fights.
What to do if your dog gets hurt
Bring your dog to your veterinarian or the ER as soon as possible. It can take several days in some cases to know the extent of the injuries due to the forces of the dogs mouth and underlying tissue damage that can occur. Xrays and blood tests as well as surgery, pain management and infection control are all very important.
I hope this article helps you avoid heartbreaking trauma with your dog, other pets and children. If you found this helpful please LIKE this post with your friends. Be safe!